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Old 04-19-2012, 10:43 AM   #1
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Campgrounds around Yosemite NP

I am going to Yosemite NP this summer any ideas on a good base campgrounds with full hook ups? I don't want to make any reservations because I don't like being on a schedule. I live in West Virginia and I want to take my time just looking around on my way out. I will be going west on I 40 going to the Grand Canyon then Las Vegas then
to Yosemite. Any suggestion would be appreciated. Thank you for your attention, Jim Lawther
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:01 PM   #2
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I'm thinking that if you are going to Yosemite in the summer, you are going to need reservations.

We like to travel without reservations, too, deciding pretty much day by day where we are going. Sometimes, though, for popular tourist places, ya just gotta have them.

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Old 04-19-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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Well.. Without reservations you won't be IN Yosemite, and they have few Full Hookup sites (if any.. ) anyway... Since arriving from east via Sonora Pass with a trailer is really bad idea, choice depends on western approach.. From southern end, look around Mariposa area (KOA), Coursegold or Bass Lake.. (Hwy 140). From the northern approach (Hwy 120) look around Groveland or Jamestown.. Pinecrest nd Strawberry are nice, but a long drive back down 108 and over on 120 to get to the Park..
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:18 PM   #4
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Highwy 41 CLOSED today because of a crash.
Outside of Yosemite highway 140 is resticted to 45 foot over all till further notice because of land slide still under repair.This has been going on for some time.
That leaves only 120.
NO full hook up in Yosemite NP out side the ones on 120 area not the best.We are at Merced/Atwater and there is a full hook up at the Castil air museum.BUT that would be warm in the summer.Look at boondocking with jimmini under on the road this forum I post info on the area and will be going to Yostemite in May but I will be staying in my trailer here.
Yosemite is like the Grand Canyon in the summer to many folk trying to see it SO tram it or walk.If you look at res system you will see not much to pick from if any.
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Here's what happened on 41 today. What a mess!
Big-rig driver in Highway 41 sulphur spill arrested on DUI charge - Updates - fresnobee.com
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We stayed at a campground near Lee Vining over the pass from Yosemite. If I had to do it, that's the way to do it again. Yosemite is so crowded we felt it better to daytrip (but we're kind of weird anyway). We also enjoyed the sights on the east side of the sierras (Mono Lake, Bodie, etc).

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I would like to thank everyone for their help, but trying to find reservations and doing a lot of driving in and out of the park is just to stressful for me. I am just going to head west look around, maybe old ROUTE 66. Just some were that's not too crowded. Jimmy Lawther
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We stayed at a campground near Lee Vining over the pass from Yosemite. If I had to do it, that's the way to do it again. Yosemite is so crowded we felt it better to daytrip (but we're kind of weird anyway). We also enjoyed the sights on the east side of the sierras (Mono Lake, Bodie, etc).

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Pat, I thing I am a lot like you.I just don't want to fight all of those people and the heavy traffic. Thank for your help, Jimmy Lawther
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:26 PM   #9
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I'm leaving for two weeks in Yosemite (one in Winona and one in the Valley) May 7. I booked this trip six months ago. If you book now you might be able to get in early Oct when school is in session. Otherwise for get it till next year
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:55 PM   #10
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A couple of years ago we booked sites at the KOA in Mariposa with a friend, and Sunday took off to go in to the park.
Unfortunately we were there over Memorial weekend...and so was everyone else. We spent over an hour trying to get to the entry gate at YNP, and then gave up because our friends were on thier Harley and it was a way hot day, sun blasting, Harley heat baking them from below. We went into Mariposa-town & just kicked back, had a nice dinner at, I think, the Charles Street restaurant, but didn't get in to the park. Timing, etc, and we may go in mid-September for better weather and smaller crowds.
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Old 04-25-2012, 12:15 AM   #11
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If you're willing to go without hook-ups, you can still score Yosemite campsites in the valley. Just keep checking the recreation.gov website or call the reservations number. We just got 3 nights for this upcoming weekend (although your distance requires far more planning than mine). Also, half of the campsites in Tuolumne Meadows are first-come, first-serve. You do have to get there early, but the views are sublime and it's quiet. We go to Yosemite twice a year, and I'd never go in Summer unless I had to. Shoulder season is April through mid-May and August-September are glorious, and you can get around so much easier.
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Hard place to get to!!!

We're at Grand Canyon now and after a few stops (Death Valley, Kings Canyon) have reservations at Wawona May 14-18. Looks like we may have to go all the way to hwy 120 just to enter the park. I'll be checking as we get closer to May 14!
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Yosemite from the east

My wife has wanted to see Yosemite for some time. We will be in that area in the last half of September. Is it feasible to stay somewhere near US-395 and see the park from there? Will we miss any of the prime scenery?

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Do not miss Yosemite

Do not skip Yosemite you will miss something that you will never forget. Yosemite has beautiful sites they are just dry. Pads are paved with bear boxes. If nothing else spend the day. At the top of 41 you can pull off near the wawona store. Than drive down in the morning. Make sure you go down with a full tank of gas, there are no stations in the park. Check with the ranger sometimes they have a non booked site that were cancelled last minute. They have parking area near the store in the valley and in the hotels. They do check the vehicles at night so you can not overnight in the parking lots. You can rent bikes, hike or just drive around the valley ring.
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